Real Betis keeper Antonio Adan has revealed that Dani Ceballos was left upset that he could not return to Real Betis last month from Real Madrid.
Having been the star of the summer for Spain’s U21 side in Poland where they finished runners up in the European championships, Ceballos was quickly linked with a move to both Barcelona and Madrid.
The latter were quick to pursue a move and the 21-year-old moved to the Santiago Bernabeu from Real Betis for a fee believed to be in the region of €20m.
However, a lack of playing time has seen the midfielder make limited starts for Los Blancos and a January exit seemed likely with former club Real Betis looking to bring him back to the Benito Villamarin.
Whilst a six month loan deal was discussed, La Liga rules halted such a return with Ceballos unable to register for a third time this season.
And, Betis keeper Adan has discussed his former team-mates frustration at not being able to make the move back to Andalusia.
“Dani wanted to return to Betis last month,” Adan told ABC de Sevilla.
“I spoke with him directly and there was the possibility of him returning the club, and he wanted to if it was possible.
“If there was the possibility of him returning to Betis he would do it, we are the one club he would consider leaving Madrid for.
“It is not only Dani who wanted it, the Coach (Quique Setien) did too but it was only due to technical issues that he could not come back.
“He has improved as a player despite not playing as many games as he would like to, he is a different one than when he left us and I’m convinced he will be a success at Madrid.”
Ceballos has a five-year contract at the Bernabeu which includes a €500m release clause, but a desire for first team football and his back-up role could see him leave on a loan deal or for a cheaper price later this summer.